The Big Four Arts Festival

The Big Four Bridge Art Festival will be in its second year in 2018. Surrounded by a beautiful venue with entertainment, food, beverages, and childrens’ activities in a family-friendly atmosphere. Artists are chosen by an independent panel of 3 judges. There are 200+ quality, juried local and national artists.

St. James Court Art Show

During this three-day event you’ll find delightful works of art in 17 artistic mediums, from clay to wood, lovingly created by over 700 talented artists. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to discover your next must-have treasure. And if you are in need of refreshment during your search, just stop at one our food vendors for a rejuvenating snack and beverage.

For a complete list of our artists and our food vendors, be sure to pick up the complimentary 2017 St. James Court Art Show Program, available at the Welcome Tents located at: St James Court & Magnolia Ave., 4th & Magnolia Ave., 3rd & Magnolia Ave., St James Court & Hill St. Or just ask one of our friendly volunteers.

Thanks for visiting, we’re glad you’re here!

Directions to the St. James Court Art Show

The St. James Court Art Show® is held in Historic Old Louisville just south of Central Park on St. James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, Third and Fourth Streets. Old Louisville is approximately 3 miles south of downtown Louisville and just 3 blocks north of The University of Louisville. During the show, all streets within the event perimeter will be closed.

Park Offsite and Shuttle Options

$6 TARC Zero Bus Shuttle from the Brown Garage

Park in the Brown Garage for $6, located at 658 S. 3rd Street, and jump on TARC’s Zero Bus. Drop off and pick up is at 2nd & Hill Street. One block East of the Art Show.

$10 Second Street Neighborhood Association Shuttle Service

Park at Jefferson County Technical College for $10, located at 109 E. Broadway, the Second Street Neighborhood’s Shuttle runs every 10 minutes. Shuttle only – $5 per person.

Parking Options

Please note that paid parking lots at area schools, churches and valet parking are fundraisers for these organizations. Patronizing them is much appreciated.

Valet Park $20. (Fundraiser for Kappa Sigma Fraternity at University of Louisville)

Valet drop off is located at 6th & Magnolia.

Choose to Pay to Park and help raise money for these organizations.

Cochran Elementary School: 500 W Gaulbert

DuPont Manual High School: 120 W. Lee St.

Noe Middle School: 121 W Lee St.

Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS): 1517 S 2nd St.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped Parking is available on the East Side of 6th (along Central Park) at 6th & Magnolia Ave. and the north lane of Hill between St. James Court and 3rd Streets.


Click here for special rates on the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau lodging site for the Art Show.

Old Louisville Bed and Breakfasts

Visit their web site: There are several B&B’s within walking distance of the art show in Old Louisville. Be sure to ask about their location and distance to the art show before booking.

RV & Camper Overnight Parking

Overnight stays are strictly prohibited on city streets.


Cochran Elementary 500 W. Gaulbert Ave 502-485-8230; ask for Charlie

Kentucky Exposition Center 502-367-5380

Elevate your 2017 St James Court Art Show Experience with Hospitality Tent Tickets

Treat yourself, best friend, mom or sister to a fun day(s) at St. James. Hospitality Tent Tickets include*:

  • Parking Pass with easy access parking for all 3 days
  • Unlimited Hospitality Tent Access- Lunch and beverages for you and a guest
  • A signed and numbered 2017 Poster
  • A complimentary year’s subscription to the Commonwealth’s premier leisure magazine Kentucky Monthly

The 2017 Hospitality Tent Tickets are available now for $99. Purchase by Friday, Sept. 22nd.

Big Four Arts Festival



September 8th: Premiere Gala 5pm
September 9th: 9am – 7pm
September 10th: 9am – 5pm

Featuring 80-100 juried artists, international cuisine, children’s activities, and entertainment. The Big Four Arts Festival is a FREE event supported by artists, vendors, and local sponsorship.

Quality art in a perfect venue, the variety of art Louisville deserves with the added venue of the Ohio River waterfront and the Big Four Bridge pedestrian walk, hotels, restaurants, Bourbon Row nightlife, family friendly atmosphere, ample parking and shopping near by.

Each year, the Big Four™ Arts Festival invites guests to start the weekend of fine art, food and entertainment with the Big Four Arts Festival Preview Party. Guests for this one night only event have exclusive access to select artist booths in the Big Four™ Arts Festival to view the art of the guest artists, enjoy delicious food and beverages and, of course, have the first chance to buy limited edition works of art! This is one of the most highly anticipated nights in Louisville’s social calendar.

Reception & Awards Ceremony: The 23rd Annual African American Art Exhibition

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A Juried Art Show

Friday, February 3, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Actors Theatre of Louisville | 316 West Main Street

The African American Art Exhibition at Actors Theatre is one of the oldest and leading national exhibitions of its kind. Now in its 23rd year, this annual exhibition celebrates African American history, culture and art, and has become a popular highlight of the region’s visual arts scene. Yearly, more than 20,000 arts patrons view the exhibit.

On February 3rd, 2017, Actors Theatre will host a reception to honor the artists who were selected to participate in this year’s exhibition. This free reception will include an awards ceremony where the artists are awarded merit prizes, including the Brown-Forman Corporation purchase award. This year’s exhibition was juried by renowned artist, Kevin Cole.

Please join us at this FREE event for an evening of music, art and celebration.

The Artists

Aukram Burton
Sandra Charles
Ronald W. Claxton
Ryan Davis
Tasiir Franz
Arnold Hinton
Anthony W. Lanier
John “Jahni” Moore
Barbara Tyson Mosley
Rashawn Penister
Derrick Phillips, Sr.
George “Buddy” Ray
Charles Rice
Craig Screven
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Black History Month Exhibit Pays Tribute To Muhammad Ali & Nelson Mandela

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Louisville, KY January 2017  E&S Gallery, Inc. is pleased to present a special art show and exhibit honoring two of the most beloved and respected icons in modern history, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. This historic exhibit “The Measure of  Men: From Trials To Triumph” open Friday, February 3rd with a special sneak preview from 10 am to 4 pm, followed by the opening reception from 4 to 8 pm, at E&S Gallery, located at 108 S. 10th Street. The event is free and open to the public.


The exhibit features original lithographs by Nelson Mandela from several print series he created after his release from prison, including “Touch of Mandela”, “My Robben Island, II” and “Impressions of Africa” as well as originals drawings and fine art serigraphs created by Muhammad Ali in the late 1970’s. The exhibit will include the premiere of  a new limited edition series by nationally renowned collage artist, Leroy Campbell,  titled “Never Give Up.”  The series, created by nationally renowned collage artist Leroy Campbell, is a in tribute to Muhammad Ali and features images of everyday people wearing boxing gloves. The prominent and permanent part of the exhibit will be the unveiling of a special art installation honoring Muhammad Ali titled “Float Like A Butterfly.”  The larger than life installation was created by Louisville native, artist Charles Rice through a special commission by E&S Gallery founder, Walter Shannon. “I wanted to have a permanent tribute to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali,” said Shannon “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him.” Most of the items are from private collections and not for sale, but several pieces will be available for purchase. Charles Rice will be on hand during the reception to discuss the installation and offer insight to various aspects of the design.


The Measure of Men: From Trials to Triumph will run from February 3rd, through Friday, March 17th.   “We’re excited to be able to share this amazing collection for the first time right here in our community” said Marketing Director, Cathy Shannon. “These series have been exhibited in fine art galleries and museums across Europe, Africa, and the U.S. and this will be the first time the images have been shown in Kentucky,” she added.

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Hang with me at St. James Art Show

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Hang with Me in Lexington

roots-adFor over 25 years the weekend following Labor Day — the Roots and Heritage Festival has been a pinnacle of regional diversity providing entertainment & education for all ages. We invite you to join us and celebrate our rich heritage at our month-long events.

The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural and educational programs,  has earned its recognition as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and One of the Top Ten Festivals in Kentucky.We invite you to join us!

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September 6-8, 2019



The St. James Court Art Show®

The 2016 Art Show will be our 60th Anniversary!

The 2016 Dates are September 30, October 1 & 2.

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10am -6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm.

2016 Show Map

2016 Alphabetical Artist List

2016 Artist List by Medium Category

The St. James Court Art Show® is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show that hosts an impressive 725 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes, the St. James Court Art Show® has for over five decades provided our neighborhood, city and state with a rich cultural and artistic legacy.



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